In plenary yesterday, the Deputy Minister set out how the Welsh Government would develop a framework for specific learning difficulties. The aim of the framework would be to provide guidance for people of all ages as well as parents/carers, education establishments, employers, public employees and the general public.
The framework would take account of current provision for specific learning difficulties available in each local authority and tools that have already been developed for individual specific learning needs, including dyslexia.
The framework will also seek to engage with all education establishments to ensure that all learners who have specific learning difficulties are supported.
To take this work further, the Deputy Minister announced the establishment of a Task Group to assess existing resources, develop new resources for dyslexia in English and Welsh as required and also ensure that links are made with policy across Welsh Government Departments. These would focus specifically on:
- Identifying appropriate actions within the national literacy programme;
- employability policies and support; and
- refining data collection for specific learning difficulties to enable better comparative data for all ages and stages.
The Deputy Minister, who is himself dyslexic, said:
“Having a learning difficulty should not be life limiting, sometimes a simple adaption to how information or instructions are provided can make a real difference.
“This programme of action presents an opportunity for all of us to work together in supporting people of all ages with specific learning difficulties.”
The announcement yesterday follows the launch on 26th June of a consultation outlining how the Welsh Government intends to reform the law which currently applies to learners with special educational needs, including disabilities.
The aim is to build on the best of the existing arrangements to develop a truly person-centred system, with the child, young person and their parents or carers as partners in the process.